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LeakyCon 2009: Announcing Our Programming

Posted by: sue
April 20, 2009, 10:33 PM

With LeakyCon 2009, our first ever Harry Potter convention, just around the corner, we are proud to announce our full schedule of programming. With a variety of events, from informal session to serious academic discussions to Wizard Rock concerts and more, Leaky Con has a jammed packed list of events planned for our convention which is taking place next month May 21-24th at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. With proceeds to benefit charity, registration for Leaky Con is going fast, so be sure to register today!


  • Welcome Feast!!
  • Wizard Rock, Evil Night!  featuring Draco and the Malfoys, The Parselmouths, Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills and Swish and Flick
  • Vendor Room Sneak Preview: 9PM




Informal Programming:

  • AlleyCast/SpinnersCast Podcast - A Mixed Cast of PodCasters!!
  • The Hufflepuff In All Of Us - Sue Upton
  • Wand Making and Lighting - James Hinsey
  • Frak's Fan Art Factory - Frankie Franco III
  • Achieving Performance Perfection with Potter: Improv Workshop - Leah Cornish
  • Wizard Rock - Releasing A Record
  • Wizard Rock - Booking Shows and Promoting Your Band
  • Fan Art and Craft Gallery Displays Open!


Youth Programming:

  • So You Want To Be On PotterCast?
  • Wizard Rock Roundtable


Academic Programming:

  • Harry Potter Alliance: Meeting for Chapter Organizers - Karen Bernstein
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Introduction to the Harry Potter Alliance - Andrew Slack
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Not In Harry's Name
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Darfur and Human Rights
  • The Deathly Hallows is The New Yin Yang - Debi Baron
  • Filk Workshop -  MJ Harper, Nina Deboo, and Ann Skinner
  • The Chosen One: Love’s Victory Over Death - David Gras
  • Muggle Magic - Ruth Roulston
  • Similarity Between The American Deaf and The Wizarding World - Ana Gondring
  • Order of the Phoenix: Let's Discuss, Reading Group Style - The Lily & Stag Staff
  • Publishing Original Novels - Lisa Wright DeGroodt & Addie Caliendo
  • THE MAGICIANS: Fantasy Literature in the Post-Potter World - Lev Grossman




Special Events:

  • Keynote Luncheon - TBA - $50
  • Nosh With The Nerdfighters and DFTBA CD Release Party - $30


Featured Events:

  • Imagining a New World - Andrew Slack, Peter Gould and a special guest
  • Harry, A History Q & A - Melissa Anelli


Informal Programming:

  • We Are Wizards Screening
  • Wizard Rock: Live Sound and Recording (hands-on training)


Youth Programming:

  • Fun Sized Frak Art Factory - Frankie Franco III
  • Youth and HPA - Karen Bernstein


Academic Programming:

  • Fawkes As A Symbol of Faith and Resurrection - Julia Katz
  • Demonization of Wealth, Power and Prestige In The Wizarding World - Jennifer Gentile and Amanda Martinez
  • Harry Potter, Prejudice, and Bigotry - Michelle Schultz
  • Jewish Values and Ethics in Harry Potter - Benjamin Beck
  • The Wizard Rock Community Panel - moderated by Freya Fridy
  • The Mythic Foundations of Fantasy - Julie Hahnke
  • Author Panel & Open House



  • Rock Night in the Imperial Ballroom - Wizard Rock Concert Event
  • featuring Harry and the Potters, The Whomping Willows, Gred and Forge, and Tonks and the Aurors




Informal Programming:

  • Fair Fortune Musical
  • Live PotterCast
  • Wizard Rock: Community Building
  • Wizard Rock: Songwriting Workshop - Lena (The Butterbeer Experience)
  • Costume Making 101 - James Hinsey
  • Costume Making 201 - James Hinsey


Youth Programming:

  • Wizard Rock Roundtable


Academic Programming:

  • Harry Potter Alliance: How to Start Your Own HPA Chapter - Karen Bernstein
  • Harry Potter Alliance: What Would Dumbledore Do? - Andrew Slack
  • Harry Potter Alliance: HP Alliance, HPA U, and the New Media Alliance - Andrew Slack
  • Still Conjuring Her Self: Further Thoughts on Hermione's Self-Determination -  Gwendolyn Limbach
  • The Impact of Fathers in Harry Potter - Heidi Schubert
  • Dissecting the Distortion: What Mature Readers Bring to the (Library) Table - Elisabeth Carnell
  • Unique Inventions of The Wizarding World - Debi Baron
  • Tales of Morality to Inspire the Young and Old - Christina Semmens
  • Being an Adult Fan of a Children's Book Series - Shelly Parey and Jennifer Frisbie




Special Events:

  • Keynote Lunch - TBA - $60


Featured Events:

  • The Eyes of Deathly Hallows: Harry Potter's Corrected and Transforming Vision - John Granger
  • TBD Wrock Afternoon - featuring The Remus Lupins, The Moaning Myrtles, The Mudbloods and RiddleTM.
  • We Are Wizards Screening and Q&A With Josh Koury, Director


Academic Programming:

  • Harry Potter Alliance: The HPA and Equal Rights for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class
  • Harry Potter Alliance: Umbridge and Civil Liberties - Andrew Slack
  • Harry Potter Alliance: The HP Alliance and Media Reform
  • Career Advice: Re-Imagining the School Story - Karin Westman
  • Snape Rehabilitation: Dr. Cynthia Cynical (a.k.a. Nina Deboo with Leaky's Scribbulus Staff)
  • Literary Value in the HP Series - Lisa Pikaard
  • Hearing the Music in Harry Potter - Becky Kolaski
  • How Young Is Too Young For Harry's Readers? - Vickey McKinley
  • Comedy in Harry Potter - David English
  • How to Deal with Deatheaters After the War (Model UN) - Allyson Zachanoff  and Katie Brand
  • Harry Potter and UK Law - Expelliarmas



  • The Rocking Charity Ball to be held in the Castle at Park Plaza



  • Farewell Breakfast

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1884 Points

OMG! How did I miss this yesterday? The rss feed on you home page must be wonky… I can’t wait to find out who the other guests are!!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on April 21, 2009, 05:19 PM report to moderator
383 Points

ahh, sounds so fun!! But I’m taking classes over the summer so I cant go. But I’ll diff try for LeakyCon 2011!!!!

Posted by grednforge7 on April 21, 2009, 05:44 PM report to moderator
3908 Points

Why do I have to be too young to go!!! I hope I can go in 2011…

Posted by Imperiused! on April 21, 2009, 05:48 PM report to moderator
895 Points

Ugh. I wish I could go. LeakyCon 2011 in Orlando! Definitely gonna be at that one! This year’s looks incredible though. :(

Posted by KatherineWeasley on April 21, 2009, 10:01 PM report to moderator
156 Points

I feel enriched already :) – will this be put on the LeakyCon Page?

Posted by Seacoastmuggle on April 21, 2009, 10:55 PM report to moderator
231 Points

if we’re under 18 can we go to all the different programs (with a parent), or are we limited in anyway to the youth programs?

Posted by luna101 on April 22, 2009, 12:06 AM report to moderator
152 Points

Seacoastmuggle, it is up on the leakycon main page, and is posted in the leakycon forum as well.

Luna 101, as a youth you are not limited to youth only events. It’s more the opposite; only youth can attend those events designated in the youth track. It’s up to you and your chaperone to determine what events you will be attending.

hope that helps!

Posted by Questauthor on April 22, 2009, 12:35 AM report to moderator
261 Points

This sticks i wish it was during the summer so the High School students could go :(

Posted by Deueller {WBM} on April 22, 2009, 08:10 PM report to moderator

I was wondering, will the the programing taped (audio and/or video) to archived? It be nice if it were. Also might help in promoting future LeakyCons. Interesting minds want to know.

Posted by thirdeye on April 23, 2009, 10:52 PM report to moderator
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